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-of-living adjustments. john boehner and republicans decided they want to have an argument over the debt ceiling, because of the new year we will be better positioned. they quickly have realized that is not going to be the lever they thought it would be. host: you have covered three presidents, clinton, bush, and now president obama. people say the political divide between these branches is stronger now than it has been in years. you agree or disagree? guest: i absolutely agree. host: why/ guest: i think it is a building that has been taking place frankly since the past couple administrations. it was the war in iraq. for the republicans, the government spending. it is also the election system and the way we run our primaries. we have a more ideological- purified house of representatives than we have had in a very long time. that is because some people would argue redistricting, as well, which in the past election both parties to it. in the states where democrats are not in control they redraw the districts to make the majority democrats. the republican side as well. this is the first time republicans hav
john shimkus to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. chaplain conroy: lord of the universe, we give you thanks for giving us another day. you are the father of us all, divine providence has led this nation in the past and guides all human affairs to this very day. as a nation, we are in need of wisdom to make right decisions, perseverance to build upon the hopes of your people and patience because at times bear an urgency. so today the american people join congress as we call upon your holy name. we pray for vice president joseph biden and for your servant, barack obama, our re-elected 44th president of these united states. may your holy spirit descend upon him that he may see things as you see things. may he be strengthened in his work and grow in understanding as he proves ever attentive to the people. may we respond to the nation's deepest needs and lift up all of us to higher standards of equal justice, true goodness and peaceful
of the house, john boehner to the podium to present the official flags. [applause] >> center, thank you. ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the old hall of the house. the people's representatives met in this chamber over five decades prior to the civil war. the acoustics were terrible. you could not hear anything. it was a mess. it was also at a time when our leaders were not hearing each other all that well to begin with. here it is a century and a half and many architectural improvements later, we gather in the old hall to better hear one another. we do so amid the rituals and symbols of unity, none more important than our flag. the spring of 1813 ordered a flag to be flown over the entrance to baltimore harbor. it should be so large, he said, that the british will have no difficulty in seeing it from a distance. for such an enormous banner, a mother and daughter team had to stitch together overlapping strips of will to make the product whole. from many, one. a grand flag was born, and not on after that eight anthem to go with it. today, whenever we hear it snapping in the wind, it gives us pro
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